Saturday, February 5, 2011

Janitor says not guilty in California principal murder

A janitor pleaded not guilty to murder Friday in the death of a Northern California school principal who was shot after sending the suspect home to "cool off" over a personnel dispute.John Luebbers, 44, was charged after telling investigators he fired two shots and struck Principal Sam LaCara, 50, in the office at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, police said.

Another trial has been scheduled in early March. Prosecutors filed a murder charge with intent to cause great bodily injury and death using a .357-caliber revolver. According to William Clark, chief assistant district attorney of El Dorado County, Luebbers faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life if convicted.

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